There is a place that each of us I feel like can call home even if we haven’t grown up there. For me that place is the small yet wonderful town of Chetek, WI. Where a church can become your strength, friends turn into family and where anyone can help you get out of a ditch no matter what time of night it is.  

This past weekend as I spent some time with friends and family I became even more aware that this isn’t just a place to get away from the cities and stresses of life; rather it is a town where refined refreshment dwells.  A community where I know I can receive love, encouragement and wisdom in any situation; as well as new joy and peace when I leave.

There is a quote that I feel represents this rather well. It states…

‘Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life that want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.’

I may not be an aunt by blood or have biological brothers and sisters but, the family that I have with these fantastic people, I wouldn’t trade for anything.